There's a chance that I might be indulging myself by posting this work of Williamson's but as a fan of his work, I enjoy the chance to trace his artistic development. The sketches here span quite a period of time, from his days as a school kid in South America to his early professional work.
Leafing through a Roy Krenkel sketchbook is an extraordinary experience. When you see one of his drawings individually, the work is almost always impressive. But when you see that a single page in his sketchbook may contain a half dozen figures, each exquisite, almost no missteps, your knees kind of go weak. He are a few examples, from Larry Ivie's collection.
The Williamson/Krenkel collaborations began before their work on EC's science fiction titles and continued for a few years afterwards. Here are examples from both periods.
The first images are layouts for a story titled "Menace From The Stars", published not too long after EC folded. The rest are from a pre-EC story titled "The Lost Lives of Laura Lansing", which in many ways seems to have anticipated the working method Williamson later employed on his EC stories. Only one of the sketches is by Krenkel, the other four (I believe) are Williamson's, but clearly inspired by his friend and mentor's style. Once again, it's amazing to see how much effort went to each panel Williamson drew. This, despite the fact so much of his effort was lost due to brutal printing, something he must surely been aware of.
Angelo Torres has always been a favorite of mine. He seems to have been a bit overshadow by his Fleagle pals Frazetta and Williamson, partly at least, because his own style was so closely aligned with theirs. But his distinct personality does come through his drawing and his ability to spot blacks was second to none.
These two stories by Torres were scanned from positive duplicates made of photostatic negatives found in Larry Ivie's files. Before the "Xerox" revolution made black and white copies inexpensive, photostats were the coin of the realm and horded by collectors.
The first story here was done by Torres as sample pages while he was still a student at Hogarth's School of Visual Arts in NYC and eventually saw print. The second one is an example of the many short pieces he drew after EC folded. It was a treat for me to be able to see these pages without color, his strong black and white patterning on full display.
Angelo Torres and Larry Ivie were schoolmates at Hogarth's School of Visual Arts in the late 50's. The examples below are pages Torres drew while he was still a student there, I'm pretty sure.
In his lifetime, artist / writer / historian Larry Ivie amassed a wide-ranging collection of of original comic art. Some of this material has never been published and a good deal more had never received adequate reproduction. The intent of this blog is to share the collection with fellow enthusiasts and to generate discussions about comic art and the artistic process.